I am many things, but a professional graphic designer is not one of them. Many geeks like me know how to code, and build reliable web infrastructure but sadly we can’t use a color wheel to save our lives. Well built does not always equate to a website being considered “good”. Clients and users want sites that are not just functional but also attractive.
Subcontracting work out to independent graphic designers is a good option when you have a large budget, but for sites under $5K good designers are simply too expensive. Thankfully Blocs has been developed to make building attractive websites a snap.
Blocs is a WYSIWYG desktop app for the Mac that allows you to build websites using blocks. You create a page, add blocs to the page and then edit and and edit brics. They have taken the time and effort to give you the best options for creating the best looking site. Instead of giving you a huge amount of customization, they restrict you to what is most likely going to give you a good result. (Anyone who has used Dreamweaver knows the frustration that is felt when you are staring at a thousand different options.) Additionally the sites you build are Responsive by default. (They automatically adjust themselves for the type of screen they’re on.)
I was able to download and create an attractive site within 30 minutes. Once you’re done building the site you export the code into regular HTML and CSS files that you can publish to your web host. My only issue with the software was that even on my uber MacBook it seemed to lag a bit when I clicked on things.
This is the type of software you can use to build sites in a couple of hours and charge the client $2000-$3000 for the product. The client gets something far nicer than many of the hand coded sites that contractors create, and you earn up to $1000 an hour for work! For a price of between $70 this is a good investment, and they have a free trial for you to play with.
Check it out at: http://www.blocsapp.com